• Mindreader

  • The New Science of Deciphering What People Really Think, What They Really Want, and Who They Really Are
  • By: David J. Lieberman
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Tired of guessing what they’re really thinking? Read people in every situation—in person, on a screen, or in writing—using the new science of psycholinguistics, from a New York Times bestselling author and consultant to the FBI, CIA, and NSA. 

“A treasure trove of concepts, ideas, and tools that we can all master to be safer and happier. It’s a must-read!”—Joe Navarro, author of Dangerous Personalities 

What did your boss mean in that email? Is your mechanic stretching the truth? Whether you’re engaged in a casual conversation or a high-stakes negotiation, it’s critical to understand the subtext of a situation. But with so much interaction happening on screens—via email, texts, or video chat—we are losing the ability to interpret expressions and cues. Furthermore, since many are now savvy about the meaning of body language, it’s become even harder to discern someone’s true thoughts or intentions.

A leading lie-detection expert who instructs the FBI and other security agencies, noted psychotherapist David Lieberman, PhD, takes “people reading” to a whole new level. Drawing on the latest research in psycholinguistics—the cues embedded in spoken and written speech—he shows you how to apply his cutting-edge methods to countless everyday situations, including: 

  • Detecting the messaging behind passive language, personal or impersonal descriptions, and level of detail.
  • Determining whether someone’s account of any incident is the truth or a work of fiction.
  • Finding out whether a potential hire, dating app match, or new babysitter is trustworthy or hiding something.

Nobody wants to be played a fool. Mindreader will help us identify who can be trusted, and who may be out to get us.

©2022 David J. Lieberman (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Not What I Expected

This was just a basic psychology book similar to the ones I had in college. There was only minimal time given to lying, which is what I was most interested in. The book is fine if you’re looking for material on abnormal psychology. All of it I’d heard a hundred times before; hence, I was very disappointed.

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Waste of a credit for common sense observations

I regret using an entire credit to listen to this. The first hour is interesting as it at least points out body language interpretations. But really about 90% of the book is stuff you should already know like what avoiding eye contact, phrasing used in conversation entails. The last 3 hours of the book just goes over stuff you would learn in a psychology 101 class. And half of the stuff he talks about is just assumptions, some being false. "Oh the person uses long pauses, big terms, or doesn't keep eye contact, THAT means they're trying to deceive you!!" Umm no it doesn't David Leiberman, any introvert will do that naturally, and being a intellectual that uses big words in their vocabulary doesn't mean your being deceived. According to this guy, pretty much everything a person does is either trying to deceive you, or defensive in nature.

This book isn't even worth listening to the measly 6.5 hours it offers, let alone using an entire credit on. The only way I can see this being close to worth it is if he included his past books in a package deal with this one. Otherwise save your money, unless you really know absolutely nothing about people in general.

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informational

I love learning more about the human condition. This book walked me through the scientific reasons why we act the way we do as humans and what that means. The book gave examples of what that would look like in real time and making it more relatable.

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Learned a lot about people and myself

Love Sean Pratt, tone-cadence-pronoumciation-emphasis-and-voice-are great. The author wrote-about-complex-patterns-and-ideas-made---it-interesting-and-not-dumbed-down-his quotes we're chosen perfectly and was-clear-concise-and-gave-the-perfect-amout-of-time-and-energy to topics with out overexplaining or listing his accomplishments. great flow great book for casual or deep learning depends on how close you listen. bookmarked almost every 5mins.